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Three things I learned from working alone to running an agency

15 June 2019business personal Shopit

It's been approximately 18 months since I resigned from Project Octo, the agency I co-founded back in Manchester, so I thought I'd share a few things I learned during my experiences.

Project Octo was running for around four years before I left, and previous to this I was a freelance designer working very successfully, for seven brilliant years, from my little office back in Bolton Enterprise Centre.

  1. Don't go into partnership with someone who thinks they understand the industry, especially if they are a just a glorified salesman. When things don't go their way, you'll wake up and see their ugly true colours. And, if this salesman ever tells you to go out and find business when it's their job, then it's time for you to get out!
  2. If you are working for yourself right now, have great clients and being successful, don't throw it all away and start an agency, especially with someone who has no clue. You're better off continuing alone as you are - this was my biggest regret.
  3. Never let anyone take away what you love doing. Stupidly, I allowed my business partner force me into becoming a full-time developer. I'm a designer - it's what I studied in, know, love, and what made me successful (I'm just one who knows how to code too!). Just because you run an agency, doesn't mean you have to stop doing what you love and know.

And one more...

  1. If you are in partnership, make sure you keep an eye on the business bank account. Trust nobody.

If this is all sounding very familiar, it's time to reflect and think about where you want to be.

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